July 19, 2016 - February 5, 2017
“If you stand in front of a stained glass window you can feel the light, the warmth of it, and that feeling can be transformative.” – Justin Tyner
Philadelphia artist Justin Tyner creates contemporary stained glass medallions using found glass – particularly, circular bottoms of broken bottles. Tyner salvages his materials from throughout the city and from a unique location known as Bottle Beach in New York where thousands of bottles wash ashore. He also collects unusable historical stained glass remnants and scraps from his work place Beyer Studio, Philadelphia. With his amassed collection of glass, he refines the shape of each one and collectively composes them to create larger circular forms that feature various sizes, colors, and patterns. Tyner is inspired by color and the translucency of colored glass. The details within each of his compositions are reminiscent of viewing into a kaleidoscope of abstracted, dazzling, light filled colors.
Like traditional stained glass, the various light sources that shine through the glass create an ever changing artwork. Tyner has said that “more than any other medium, stained glass connects us to the cosmos,” because sunlight magically awakens its brilliance. And similarly, Tyner has re-awakened the discarded glass by transforming the collected shards into his artistic vision.